2001 Mustang GT Clutch Woes
When I bought my 01 GT it had about 30K miles on it and a little bit of a throw-out bearing chirp and the clutch pedal would vibrate and shake, violently at times. I held my foot against it to keep it from rattling. Finally the throw-out bearing got to the point where I decided I'd best get it replaced. My mechanic put in a new throw-out bearing, clutch and pressure plate and re-surfaced the flywheel. I drove off and it was sweet. 10 minutes down the road the damn clutch peddle started to vibrate. Damn! We ended up changing the stock cable and clutch pawl (sp?) for a BBK clutch cable kit. All was well until about three months later when the throw-out bearing started to squeal once again. The clutch was chattering and slipping, at take-off, as well.
This time I went to a transmission shop where they did a complete replacement once again, including the arm that the throw-out bearing rides on and I had them install a firewall adjuster. I left the transmission shop the next day in exsticy! I got back to my office pulled into the parking lot and couldn't get it into gear. I went back to the transmission and they built a bushing at the firewall and off I went again. This time after a couple of days the clutch was chattering and slipping and I couldn't adjust it at the firewall. GRRRR! Back I went, they replaced the whole clutch cable with a new BBK cable and told me to come get it. This time the clutch was engaging at the end of the peddle travel and I still had the chatter and slipping problem. I went back for the fourth time and they built a stop for the cable on the peddle mechanism so that the clutch was engaging much sooner. This made things much better, but after a couple of days the chattering and slipping were back. I went back again and they did another complete clutch replacement. For the first week everything was smooth and perfect, the I felt a slight chatter on take off. After two weeks I had to adjust the cable a little to stop it from chattering and slipping on take-off. Now every two weeks I have to adjust the cable and the chatter is getting worse once again. It's very annoying! It doesn't want to hold on an incline and will chatter and lurch on take off. Sometimes I feel it slipping on take-off.
I drive my car pretty darn easy and take very good care of it. It is in "like new condition" as new an 01 can be...it is in excellent condition except for the damn clutch.
The flywheel has been resurfaced every time, but it has never been replaced. Is it possible that the flywheel is the culprit? Help!